Triglav National Park celebrates 40 years since officially becoming a protected area

Triglav National Park celebrates 40 years since officially becoming a protected area

The act proclaiming the Triglav National Park was ratified on May 27th in 1981.

Triglav National Park (TNP) (Slovene: Triglavski narodni park) is the only national park in Slovenia. It was established in its modern form in 1981 and is located in the north-western part of the country.

Mt.Triglav (2,864 m), the highest peak of the Julian Alps.

Mount Triglav (2,864 m), the highest peak of the Julian Alps, stands almost in the middle of the national park (hence the name of the park). Apart from Triglav, the national park boasts a number of natural wonders, such as gorges, waterfalls and lakes, including Lake Bohinj, and several peaks higher than 2,000 metres.

The unique natural and cultural heritage of the Triglav National Park is the property of the Slovene nation, hence the appellation »National Park«.

A popular tourist and hiking destination

Spreading on an area of almost 84,000 hectares, the park covers around 4% of Slovenia’s territory. From it the valleys spread out radially, supplying water to two large river systems with their sources in the Julian Alps: the Soča and the Sava, flowing to the Adriatic and Black Sea, respectively.

40 years ago a key law was passed to protect virtually the entire Julian Alps mountain range in the country.

The lakes in the park are all of glacial origin. The largest among them is Lake Bohinj. Others are the Triglav Lakes (located in the Triglav Lakes Valley), Lake Krn, and Lower and Upper Križ Lake.

Lake Bohinj
The Four Brave Men: A monument to first Mt. Triglav (2864 m) climbers in Ribčev Laz near Lake Bohinj.

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